A secret British aviation project is being disrupted by a foreign power, until an effete but supremely confident military-intelligence agent, Charles Hammond (Ralph Richardson), is assigned the case. What follows is a tense espionage thriller that refuses to take itself seriously. Yet strangely, this odd mixture of screwball comedy and political-thriller works and everyone involved with this brisk comedy/thriller seems to be enjoying themselves immensely.
May 27, 2016 Subject:
worth the download
Good spy story with humor element. Well done
December 22, 2011 Subject:
What a great, fun movie. Have fun watching, I certainly did.
December 12, 2011 Subject:
I thought the movie was too modest.
No nudity, no vile language, no blood.
Despite this, I found the play to be delightfully light and entertaining.
December 10, 2011 Subject:
Richardson and Olivier together
Great movie, Olivier and Richardson are two of Britain's greatest. British stiff-upper-lip and comedy go together so well.
As for the reviewer who complained of immodesty, I don't think the Amish would find it too immodest. If the level of passion in this movie is too much for you I suggest you don't watch movies at all - for your own good, of course.
July 13, 2011 Subject:
Where has this rare gem been hiding for so long?
This stiff upper lip screwball comedy is par-excellence. Ralph Richardson is hilarious in his role of a bumbling idiotic yet intelligent detective. The plot of aircraft secrets from Britain being stolen by a foreign power(with a noticeable German accent so that the viewer has no doubts on the nationality) serves as a perfect vehicle to exploit the comedy script for great entertainment. Ralph Richardson's repeated excuses to his girlfriend(ex that is ) tickles the funny bone.
Valerie Hobson is great as the newspaper woman always looking for a scoop to fall out from her brothers mouth and Sir Olivier plays the typical British gentleman.
Great entertainment indeed and needs to be seen by more.
August 14, 2010 Subject:
Great old movie, you can tell a lot of James Bond ideas came from this movie.
August 13, 2010 Subject:
Oldies but goodies
Once again, nothing beats the oldies.
June 19, 2010 Subject:
Pre James Bond?
Enjoyable espionage story, not too serious, well acted by leads and supporting actors, good dialogues. Some of the sci-fi-like toys and the way the planes use to disappear remind me of James Bond movies.
April 26, 2010 Subject:
Worth watching. It isn't superb, but good enough.
November 7, 2009 Subject:
Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, and Valerie Hobson are great as the stars, and with a fine supporting cast provide a fun and engaging 79 minutes. It surprised me to find a British comedy of this kind came out the same year WWII started in Europe.
I downloaded the 700MB DivX file, which is really an AVI. The video is fine, but for a green tint in most of the movie. The audio is clean. Audio/Video sync varies slightly, but isn't that noticeable.